Days 110 and 111: 9/7/19-9/8/19

While Pete Buttigieg’s fundraising push was crazy over the weekend, Amy Klobuchar also had a fundraising push, Andrew Yang had a new campaign button, and Tom Steyer had some news!

An unlikely spread

Pete Buttigieg took home the gold for most emails sent over the past weekend with 7 hitting his non-donor inboxes. Cory Booker was a distant second at 5 emails, while Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren all settled into third with 4 emails each.

Not quite 50/50 split.

I covered Buttigieg pretty extensively yesterday, so I’ll skip over most of what he did. His 7 non-donor emails all came in on Saturday, along with 2 of his donor emails, and he single-handedly pushed the Saturday email numbers above the Sunday ones.

Assume all merch asks are money asks.

Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke both asked me to split donations on Saturday. Klobuchar told me about her friend, Jeanne Shaheen, Senator from New Hampshire, who was running for re-election, while O’Rourke talked to me about the special election in North Carolina. Both of them suggested I make a donation to split between them and their friend.

Steve Bullock re-ran an old email talking about how his bumper stickers are showing up everywhere and I can get mine today, while Andrew Yang was celebrating the third debates coming up this week with an exclusive commemorative button in his store (only 500 available). Yang has really gone all out on limited edition, collectible merch. He’s trying to capitalize on that Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) to get people to contribute.

Dancing Yang!

Speaking of FOMO… I got another email from Pete Buttigieg that many people didn’t. This wasn’t the much-awaited final tally from his Saturday fundraising push, but instead a fundraiser he was holding in South Bend. I’m geographically “close” to South Bend, therefore I received this email from his husband, Chasten.

Just over four years ago, I drove to South Bend to meet Peter for the first time. We shared pints and Scotch eggs at Fid’s, watched the Cubs game, and walked along the river lights before the night came to an end.

In the years since, I have come to love South Bend and its people more than I could have imagined that evening. As Peter served his hometown and I adopted this place as my home, our community shaped us in so many ways.

We launched this campaign six months ago from the former Studebaker factory, a landmark of South Bend and a symbol of how embracing change can transform us for the better. I am so humbled by the incredible people we’ve met and the communities who have welcomed us with open arms, but I am even more grateful to have the support of this city along the way.

Peter and I invite you to invest in our Pete for America community and spend the evening with us in South Bend on Wednesday, September 18th. We’ll talk about where the last six months have taken us and our plans for the road ahead. We are so proud to call this home and we hope you’ll join us for this next step in our journey together:

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 | 6:30-8:30 PM
Invest in our campaign and RSVP here:

Thanks for your continued support, and as always, we’ll see you ‘round the Bend!


In interest of being fair and unbiased toward all campaigns, I must point out when Buttigieg screws up. Chasten’s email had a grammatical error in the subject. He asked “Will you join Peter and I in South Bend?”

It should have been “Will you join Peter and me in South Bend?”

Grammar aside, this isn’t the first time I’ve received an email based on my geographical location. When signing up to campaigns, they ask for your email and your ZIP code, minimum. Cory Booker invited me to Milwaukee when he was there, and Steve Bullock invited me to a party after the second debates in Detroit.

I’ve never been to one of these political fundraisers, but unfortunately, I won’t be going to this one either. Tickets start at $250 (though anyone who wants to is welcome to click that link and go themselves). I will say, though, if this post brings in 83 ko-fis, I’ll be able to afford it and I’ll write something up for you! 😉

Buttigieg wasn’t the only one fundraising.

While Buttigieg pushed the fundraising angle hard, Elizabeth Warren went all-in on her “Grab a beer*” contest (with the asterisk meaning it could also be tea or coffee or any other drink you might like). All 8 of the contest emails over the weekend came from Warren.

We are EIGHT DAYS into September. How are they already behind?

Now that we’re over a week into September, it only makes sense that campaigns are struggling. Cory Booker fell short, something that is terrible when there are billionaires in the race. Beto O’Rourke was telling me all about how expensive it is just to get on the ballot.

Amy Klobuchar needed a bit more to hit her $25,000 in one day goal. She themed her ask around Houston, America’s space-city, and included a cute rocket to show how her momentum was taking off.

Houston, we have lift-off!

Tom Steyer wasn’t struggling at all. He had scored his fourth poll and was going to be on the October debate stage.

Of course, I heard about it from Cory Booker first…

With Steyer hitting the stage, I did make a $1 donation to him on Monday morning.

Then I realized I was logged into my personal ActBlue account, so I had to log out and log in with my BTE email to properly track his donor emails. Crap.

And Joe Biden was worried that his donations had slowed. No, not just worried. He sent an email to me as a non-donor demanding to know what I was waiting for.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have confirmed their support for Joe Biden by chipping into our campaign to restore the soul of our nation.

But it looks like you’re still holding back — so here are three critical reasons why we need you to get off the sidelines and make your first contribution to support Joe now:

1. Our fundraising totals will go public after September 30, showing everyone how strong our campaign is.
2. Joe will face off against nine other Democrats at the debate on Thursday, and we’ll need a well-resourced budget to capture the momentum that night.
3. We’re starting to make crucial early investments in key states, and we need to ramp up our grassroots efforts in every community in states like Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

So, will you seize this critical moment and take ownership of your part of the movement to get our country back on track? Make your first contribution now to show Joe you’ve got his back to win this thing.

Team Joe

Maybe I’m just waiting for you to stop guilting me, Biden.

Michael Bennet has 100 more emails than Pete Buttigieg

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